Fitness queen Tammy Hembrow shares why she thinks focusing too hard on the numbers on your scales is BS.
Being a mum of two hasn’t stopped Tammy Hembrow absolutely kicking ass in the fitness space. After creating the Tammy Fit app (which has been downloaded over a million times), founding her own fashion label Saski and garnering 12 million followers on Instagram, Hembrow is well and truly an Aussie fitness icon.
When she talks, we listen.
So when she told us that she thinks the number on the bathroom scales is ‘irrelevant’, we had to sit up and hear it.
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“I don’t base my happiness on the number on the bathroom scales. It doesn’t determine how I feel – in fact it’s irrelevant. So, if you have a number in your head, especially when you finally reach a target weight – dismiss it now!” she says.
These are her four reasons why the numbers on the scales are not a true reflection of your weight loss and shouldn’t derail your fitness journey.
The weight of food
The optimal time to weigh yourself is first thing in the morning, when you don’t have any food or liquids in your system.
Everything you ingest not only has calories, it also has some weight to it. The lowest calorie foods can sometimes be the heaviest.
You will weigh more after taking in large amounts of fluid and weigh less after a big effort in which your body perspires.
Waste in your system
We are constantly carrying around bodily waste. This is the waste that has been in your colon and small intestine for a long time.
As the waste builds up in your digestive tract, it will cause you to weigh more on the scale. You may have heard of people losing a few pounds after doing a colon cleanse. Well, they didn’t lose body-fat weight; they lost waste.
While a colon cleanse isn’t for everyone, increasing the amount of fibre in your diet to flush your waste system also can give a similar effect.
Lean muscle tissue
As you start doing exercise and light weight-bearing exercise you will gain more lean muscle tissue, which weighs more than fat. So you may actually gain weight.
Even though the numbers on the scale may not be moving, it doesn’t mean that you’re not getting smaller. Muscle is more dense than fat, so it takes up less space.
You can be in a smaller pants size, but still not be any lighter on the scale.
Bloating, cramps, swelling, mood swings, cravings, binge eating, weight gain and water retention.
During your menstrual cycle our bodies hold onto fluids like a drought is coming and the best advice is not to weigh yourself at this time. Now that you know that the scales do tell the occasional fib, and that weight is only a number, you can view your weight fluctuations with a less critical eye.
No matter what the scales say, make an effort to tell yourself that you’ve got this and you’re on the right track.